Monday, November 19, 2012

NaNoLinkage Ten

Ten Things I Discovered via NaNoWriMo

Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.

750 words is a free writer motivation site that awards you points and badges for how much you write during the month.

Booktrack allows you to download or create soundtracks to play along while you read e-books. Some of the booktracks are free, and according to the FAQ the ones you pay run between $1-$4, with $2 being the average cost.

Cliche Cleaner does exactly what it says, plus it offers a free demo download. has an entire list here of different methods for creating and problem-solving.

If you're still looking for a title for your NaNo novel, try feeding some of the text to the Cut Up Machine online word jumbler to generate some new ideas (sort of like the Bonsai Story Generator.)

My tomatoes is an online timer site that times you working for 25 minutes (the time it takes to cook a tomato) before it rings for you to take a break.

Panlexicon is an online thesaurus that uses the cloud approach to providing synonyms for your searches.

Online text scanner Story Analyzer will inspect whatever text you feed it and report back with common word overuse, excessive punctuation, adverb flags, passive writing, cliche and fad phrases and more. Seems to be a quickie version of Smart Edit.

Tagxedo is a Wordle knockoff onlin generator that you can use to create word clouds from URLs of your blogs, Twitting or other taggedy stuff.

ZenWriter, a free writing environment program, offers soothing music, calming backgrounds and can be customized so that your keyboard work produced typewriter sounds.

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